Jewelry & Watch Repair School of New England:
Jewelry & Watch Repair School of New England offers a range of correspondence courses in the fields of jewelry repair, watch repair and clock repair. Our correspondence courses allow you to study at home at a comfortable pace, while our video-guided lessons get you repairing watches, clocks, and jewelry right away. Each course covers the most highly demanded repairs and adjustments made by hobbyists and tradesmen alike to a variety of timepieces and jewelry. Learning with us, you will develop a strong, practical foundation and be able to apply your skills in many places. We are pleased to accept students from all over the world!
Each course covers the most highly demanded repairs and adjustments made by hobbyists and tradesmen alike to a variety of timepieces and jewelry. Learning with us, you will develop a strong, practical foundation and be able to apply your skills in many places.
Beginning & Intermediate Jewelry Repair:
This course will provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge you need to learn to fix jewelry. The text covers basic information to teach you about different styles of jewelry, properties of metal, types of material used in jewelry making, and technical points of soldering jewelry.
Upon completion of Beginning & Intermediate Jewelry Repair, you will be able to fix several styles of chain, size rings larger and smaller, cut shapes into metal using a frame saw, and perform other common jewelry repairs. We include instructions for soldering broken glasses, a common repair seen frequently in the jewelry repair industry. Whether you are seeking a job in the jewelry repair industry or you are interested in fixing your own jewelry, this course is the right first step for anyone who has interest in working in the jewelry field.
Beginning & Intermediate Watch Repair:
This course teaches the fundamentals of watch repair. If you want to be able to fix your own watches, change watch batteries, adjust watch bracelets, or just repair quartz watches, this is the course for you. Beginning and Intermediate Watch Repair covers all aspects of quartz watch repair. You will start with basic maintenence - including watch battery replacement, pin replacement, and watch bracelet adjustment. When you have mastered the basics, you will move up to more complicated quartz watch repairs - stem and crown repairs and quartz movement replacement. This course is broken into three lessons and a final project. Taking this course will give you the foundation you need to start fixing all types of quartz watches on your own.
Mechanical watch repair is a near-forgotten niche of the watch repair world, with more and more people buying inexpensive, battery-operated watches that require little maintenence. Mechanical watches require much more service than quartz watches. Like cars, they must be in use and frequently lubricated to keep in good running condition. Despite the dwindling number of watchmakers, many people still have interest in mechanical watches. Whether an heirloom or a new purchase, a mechanical watch is an interesting and useful addition to the wrist on many different occasions. This course will teach you exactly how a mechanical watch works and how to clean, oil, and maintain the various parts inside. Whether put to use on customer merchandise or on your own vintage collection, maintaining mechanical watches is a skill that is both lucrative and interesting.
Clocks have been used for thousands of years to measure and display time. Many things can contribute to the way a clock keeps track of the time - from water, to electricity, basic mechanics, and even the sun. This course deals with both electric and mechanical clocks.
Quartz clocks take very little maintenence, and tend to be simple to fix. Generally, they require only a battery replacement every now and then. Occasionally, they may need a new movement installed when battery replacement doesnt make them continue to work, but this tends to be a simple fix as electric clock movements are usually sold as complete pieces.
Mechanical clocks can be very simple or very complex, with moving parts to control movement of the hands, chimes, and other mechanisms that are used to indicate the time. Taking this course will teach you how each moving part of a mechanical clock movement works together to keep the clock running and keeping perfect time. You will learn a variety of repairs and adustments that are commonly needed to keep clocks in working order, which can be applied to more complex mechanisms in the future.
Restringing & Engraving:
Restringing is a very popular pastime for bead enthusiasts, who turn beads they find online, in craft stores, or in rummage sales into unique pieces of jewelry. Many jewelry stores do not take repairs that involve restringing beads and pearls, since many jewelers don't want to take the time to fix strands of beads and pearls when they could be spending the time with other repairs. With some patience and a little practice, restringing skills can be honed and turned into a profitable repair or design business. This course teaches the most widely used techniques for restringing beaded necklaces and bracelets. You will learn what materials are used for each type of bead and why to use them; by the end you will be able to repair and create the most popular styles of beaded jewelry. As a bonus, we have included instructions for engraving on rings and flat surfaces.